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ACUS: Hollande selects Vedrine to review France’s relationship with US and NATO’s military command

Hubert Védrine

Hubert Védrine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 18, 2012

From ReutersFrench President Francois Hollande has asked former foreign minister Hubert Vedrine to review France’s membership of NATO’s integrated military command, his office said on Wednesday, echoing unease about its place in the alliance’s inner circle… (more) http://ow.ly/1lsGa9

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CFR: The Turkish-Iranian Alliance That Wasn’t

English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...

English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by F. Stephen Larrabee, July 11, 2012

One of the most controversial elements of Turkish foreign policy has been the attempt by the Justice and Development party (AKP) to cultivate closer ties to Iran. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s rapprochement with Tehran has raised concerns in Western capitals that Ankara is drifting away from the West. Differences over Iran’s nuclear program have heightened these fears. In defiance of the United States and other key NATO members, such as the United Kingdom and France, Turkey has downplayed the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear policy and attempt to elude constraints imposed by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The most acute example was in June 2010, when, bucking its Western allies, Ankara voted against a new UN sanctions regime that would target Iran’s military. (more) http://ow.ly/cfkRr

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